Feeling Calf Raises in Your Glutes? Don’t Worry, It’s Normal (But Here’s the Catch)

A Man Performing Calf Raises in the Gym

The glutes and the hamstrings are activated to some extent during calf raises. The glutes will not be isolated, but they will contract in order to keep you in a standing position. However, if you somehow hinge at the hips, the glutes will be activated to a far greater degree. Plus, if you are calf … Read more

Why Do Powerlifters Have Big Bellies? (Here’s the Reasons Why)

A Large Powerlifter Deadlifting a Heavy Barbell

The appearance of a larger belly in powerlifters, as opposed to a more muscular look, can be attributed to their high intake of carbohydrates and calories. This dietary strategy is essential for providing the energy required to lift exceptionally heavy weights throughout their training routines. It’s All About Calorie Consumption I guess it’s fairly obvious … Read more

Can I Take Only Creatine Without Protein? (Here’s What You Need to Know!)

An Athletic Man With His Back to Us Holding a Shaker Bottle in Each Hand, One Contains Creatine, the Other Has Protein

Yes, you can take only creatine without protein (and vice-versa). Creatine supplementation increases the stores of phosphocreatine in the muscles, which aids the formation of ATP (the body’s principal source of storing and transferring energy to the cells). Whereas whey protein contains branched-chain amino acids, which aids in muscle building. Neither supplement depends on the … Read more

Hunger Pangs After Creatine? Here’s Why (& What to Do)

A Lime Green Scoop Containing Creatine on Top of White Creatine Powder

Creatine neither increases nor suppresses hunger. Creatine merely increases the energy stores in your muscles. With that being said, creatine supplementation will require you to drink more water than usual, and often dehydration is mistaken for hunger. Furthermore, the increased energy in your muscles should generally help you to workout for longer and harder. So, … Read more

Deadlifting Two Days in a Row: Is it Worth the Risk?

A Man's Legs and a Loaded Barbell on the Floor. He is Preparing to Deadlift

There is no problem with deadlifting two (or even more) days in a row, although this will largely depend on your training experience and powers of recovery. However, you should vary the intensity and stick to lower volumes of work. Plus, you can use alternative deadlift variations if you decide to perform the movement more … Read more

How Rare is a 600lbs Deadlift? (Revealed!)

Close Up of a Man's Foot and a Loaded Barbell Set Up For a Deadlift

A 600lbs deadlift is extremely rare, and the vast majority of recreational gym-goers will never achieve this. Additionally, whether someone can accomplish a 600lbs deadlift will mainly depend on their training experience and their body weight. As an example, an intermediate lifter, someone who typically has around 2 years training experience, should be able to … Read more